Theoretically, Hip-Hop could learn from Slipknot’s steez. No soft filler shit, keep it coming unstoppably harder and harder.
Tough to appreciate for some, personally it wasn’t until I surrendered to repeat listenings of ‘Wait & Bleed’ and ‘Spit It Out’ at the age of 15 that I was left so flabbergasted by the cacophony of noise and yet awestruck at the sheer dynamic of their duel custom percussion (that’s two drummers with two extensively-modified kits simultaneously manifesting the most suffocating, time-signature devastating thwacking you’ll hear in your life). It’s the equivalent of Rodney King receiving a battering by Pontius Pilate’s centurions; the affect of which I’ll say is undeniably brilliant.
On ‘All Hope Is Gone’, they experiment even further with their own aggression and the principle elements of the group’s alpha and omega by incorporating the rawest, darkest, most feral aspects of their self-titled debut, the follow-up ‘Iowa’ and their last ‘Vol. 3: Subliminal Verses’ to conjure up one of the most brutal albums I’ve heard. Keepin’ it real son! Misanthropy, Nihilism, rage, alienation, and psychopathy as standard. Additionally, the sheer, unscaled level of thrash here is enough to make people forget they’re waiting on a new Metallica set.
Relating back to my original point now, it’s as faithful to their own genre as it is loyal to their core fanbase and ultimately undaunted. Slipknot keep it realer than most, and as a music lover/obsessive who’s constantly let down by many fickle, self-contradictory, inconsistent Hip-Hop fall-offs, from a subjective point of view I can appreciate their artistic integrity.
Hol’ tight fellow maggots and misfits. I need to cop one of those new edition masks and terrorise the fuck outta my gran with it.
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02. Gematria (The Killing Name)
05. Dead Memories
07. Butcher’s Hook
09. This Cold Black
10. Wherein Lies Continue
12. All Hope Is Gone
13. Child of Burning Time (Bonus Track)
14. Vermilion Pt. 2 (Bloodstone Mix) (Bonus Track)
15. Til We Die (Bonus Track)
My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.
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